RICHMOND (KCBS) – Plans to add an additional commuter lane and a bike-pedestrian path on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge are moving forward.
The $74 million improvement project would be fully funded with Bay Area Toll Authority toll funds. “I think it’s pretty exciting for those people who ride bikes. But it’s also pretty exciting for people stuck in traffic everyday,” said Randy Rentschler with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.READ MORE: One Dead In 'Suspicious' Early Morning Cupertino House Fire
Right now, the plan includes building a concrete barrier system on the upper deck of the span for a bicycle and pedestrian pathway. On the lower deck, the existing shoulder would be converted to a commuter lane, expected to relieve traffic congestion during peak periods.READ MORE: Video: Motorist Rescued From Fiery Freeway Crash In San Jose
“You’ll have a moveable barrier that will keep you safe from the cars. You’ll be able to ride your bike essentially from the Bay Bridge all the way to Marin County if you so choose,” Rentschler said.MORE NEWS: Cash Strapped Tenants Fear End Of California's COVID Eviction Moratorium
Public comments on the plan can be submitted to the MTC through July 20.